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October 22, 2012
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  Entertainment News 
  • Analysts, investors are split on Netflix's expansion gamble
    Netflix's costly push into international markets isn't slowing down, a fact that has Dougherty & Co. analyst Steve Frankel speculating that the company is entering a phase of "profitless prosperity." A projected fourth-quarter loss is seen as a factor in the company's share price being down 44% from a year ago, and fewer analysts are rating Netflix a "buy." But some experts agree with CEO Reed Hastings that the bet will pay off in the long run. Reuters (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • Report: British musicians fail to see big overseas streaming payoff
    British musicians saw a bigger financial payout last year from having their songs played outside the U.K., but they may be being shortchanged when it comes to revenues from digital streaming and downloading. According to PRS For Music, a royalty-collection firm, musicians saw $3.2 million in royalties from overseas downloads and streaming, compared with $61.7 million for domestic distribution. Analysts attribute the discrepancy to low U.S. streaming rates and differences in U.S. and U.K. compensation models. (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Integrated Marketing 
  • Companies explore new uses of QR codes for holiday season
    QR codes are expected to play a wider and more varied role this holiday season, retail observers say, with brands employing mobile bar codes to find new ways to engage consumers. Rebates that encourage buying via mobile are one example of a company using mobile to secure an immediate purchase that otherwise might be lost. Mobile can also be used to fuel layaways, allowing consumers to "purchase and reserve items they plan to buy so it's ready for pickup at bricks-and-mortar locations," said Laura Marriott, CEO of NeoMedia. (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Tablet ads outperform smartphone ads, researchers say
    Nearly 70 million Americans will regularly use tablet computers by the end of 2012, according to an eMarketer report -- and early signs suggest that the boom in tablet devices is proving to be a boon for advertisers. Tablet ads outscore conventional mobile on a variety of metrics, including brand awareness, purchase intent and brand favorability, researchers say. eMarketer (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Foreign presence is noticeably lacking in India spectrum auction
    The deadline for applications to participate in India's wireless-spectrum auction came and went on Friday, drawing little interest from foreign investors who remain skeptical of the government's commitment to investing in the mobile sector. Just two foreign firms -- Norway's Telenor and the Indian joint venture of NTT DoCoMo -- are among the six bidders that will vie for 800 MHz and 1800 MHz bandwidth next month. Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • 2013 International CES to feature new CloudBase3 Apps TechZone
    CloudBase3 Apps, a new TechZone sponsored by Living in Digital Times, will showcase the explosive transition to cloud computing at the 2013 International CES. Covering 3,000 square feet of exhibit space at The Venetian, CloudBase3 Apps will feature demonstrations, education and information across the cloud computing spectrum for both small and large businesses. Living in Digital Times will sponsor six additional lifestyle-focused TechZones at the 2013 CES, including: Kids@Play, MommyTech, HigherEdTECH, Silvers Summit, Digital Health and FitnessTech. Companies interested in exhibiting in the CloudBase3 Apps TechZone should contact Linda Nessim. For more information on the 2013 International CES, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm's Jacobs to deliver CES preshow keynote address
    Dr. Paul Jacobs, president and CEO, Qualcomm, will give the preshow keynote address at the 2013 International CES®. Jacobs’ keynote will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 in The Venetian's Palazzo Ballroom and will feature Qualcomm’s new Born Mobile campaign that addresses mobile technology’s role in the connected mobile world. Qualcomm has mobile computing in its DNA, and we look forward to hearing Dr. Jacobs' vision of the future for the generation born with a tablet in hand and for the rest of us who are becoming more mobile each day. This keynote demonstrates the crucial role that mobile technologies have at the International CES and increasingly throughout the world. For details on all the keynotes at CES this year, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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The international opportunity is a risky bet. But Netflix remains the only pure-play streaming service with global ambitions. If anyone wins on a global scale, it will be Netflix."
--Scott Devitt, Morgan Stanley analyst, as quoted by Reuters

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